Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.- The Lake Superior State volleyball team won in 4 sets (24-26, 25-12, 25-16, 25-23) against the Purdue Northwest Pride. The Lakers would win three consecutive sets to complete their victory.
There was lots of back and forth scoring between the two squads in the first set. The Lakers would start the scoring in the set on an attack error by the Pride. Afterwards, the pride would answer with three consecutive points to take the lead 3-1. From there on, the Lakers and the Pride would trade scoring. Near the end of the set, the Pride would take charge, taking the lead in the set 23-21. The Lakers would battle back to tie the score at 24 later, however, a service error and a nice kill by the Pride would end the set with a score of 26-24 in favor of the Pride.
The Second set saw the Lakers take the lead 6-1 before a quick timeout by Pride head coach Bill Schepel. The Pride would battle back to take the lead 9-8 before Laker head coach Dave Schmidlin would take a timeout of his own. After that, it was all Lakers would score 8 consecutive points in the set, and would keep the gas on as they would hold the pride to only 3 points for the remainder of the set. The Lakers would even the set score at one a piece with a score of 25-12.
The Lakers would start the third set a little slower as the pride would answer by leading the Lakers 6-3. The Lakers would respond by taking the lead 10-7 before a quick timeout by Purdue Northwest. The Lakers would not be bothered by this as they would score apple and at one point score 7 straight points to make the score 17-10. The Lakers wouldn’t look back, taking the set with a score of 25-16.
The deciding fourth set would not start well for the Lakers as they fell behind 12-3 to the Pride. The Lakers would battle back by having two scoring streaks of both 4 and 6 straight points to tie the set at 16-16. From there on, the teams would trade points as the score would creep to 23-23. The Lakers would pull out the win 25-23 with a diving save by senior Kyra Vezina to keep the ball alive and over the net where the Pride would have an attack error to finish the match.
The Lakers picked up their second GLIAC win with this victory and would like to thank the boisterous home crowd for their support this weekend.
The Lakers will return to action on the road for the first time in three weeks. The Lakers will compete in the Midwest Regional Crossover tournament hosted by Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Ind. The competition will take place on both Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. The times and opponents for the Lakers are still to be determined for this competition.
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